Shades Cahaba High School started classes in 1920 and has served students in Homewood and other over-the-mountain communities for 100 years. This project was started to record the memories of those that attended and worked at Shades Cahaba and those that just have a great story to tell. This project will continue to the end of 2020.
Time For A New Shades Cahaba
Tuesday 07 April 2020
: In 1942, with the country fighting wars in Europe and the pacific, Homewood could no longer ignore the fact that Shades Cahaba was getting a...
Shades Cahaba Athletics
Tuesday 31 March 2020
: As soon as the school was built, teams were formed and Shades Cahaba entered competition with other Birmingham area high schools, which had...
Social Distancing in Homewood
Tuesday 24 March 2020
: When I recorded this episode, it was the second day that Shades Cahaba and other schools around the state had been shut down due to the...
Homewood Elementary Schools
Tuesday 17 March 2020
: We talk about Shades Cahaba a lot on this podcast for obvious reasons. With a school that taught grades 1-12 you get a little tunnel vision...
Tuesday 03 March 2020
: This episode is about the Shades Cahaba building. How it grew over the years. What changed and why. This podcast is audio-only but there is...
The Underpass Show
Tuesday 25 February 2020
: This episode is about the Shades Cahaba Underpass. Some of you may call it the tunnel but from the time it was conceived in the early 1950s...
Michael Gross and Homewood High Athletics
Tuesday 11 February 2020
: This is the second episode of my conversation with former Homewood High School Principal and Superintendent Michael Gross. In the first...
Michael Gross and the beginnings of the Homewood School System
Tuesday 04 February 2020
: We have talked a lot about the beginnings of Shades Cahaba High School and the beginnings of Shades Valley High School but now I want to...
Wade Kirkpatrick, Fighting Patriots - Special Edition
Tuesday 28 January 2020
: This episode is a Special Edition of the Shades Cahaba Oral History Project. We talk with Homewood High School Alumnus Wade Kirkpatrick....
The 2019 Year In Review
Tuesday 14 January 2020
: If you have been a listener to the podcast then you know this is the 100th Anniversary of Shades Cahaba as a school. The first day of school...
All About The Shades Cahaba Owl
Tuesday 10 December 2019
: The Shades Cahaba Owl has had a very interesting life. It first appeared when Shades Cahaba High School was built in 1920. It stood watch...
Sheryl Summe - Author of "Homewood: A Life of a City"
Tuesday 03 December 2019
: When I decided to start an oral history of Shades Cahaba I knew it would be difficult. Luckily I was able to find people that I could...
A Thanksgiving story with Principal Sue Grogan
Tuesday 19 November 2019
: I spoke with former Shades Cahaba Principal Sue Grogan in episode 5 of the podcast. She shared with me a Thanksgiving story that I saved to...
Monday 11 November 2019
: In this episode we learn about the origins of Veterans Day, and its connection to Birmingham. When Shades Cahaba High School was built,...
Herman Maxwell - Integrating Shades Cahaba in the 1960s
Tuesday 05 November 2019
: Herman Maxwell has a special place in the history of Shades Cahaba. He was one of the first children to integrate Shades Cahaba Elementary...
Lunchroom Ladies Special Edition
Tuesday 29 October 2019
: Today's edition of the podcast is dedicated to the school lunchroom and to everyone who has worked there.I have known my guest, Ken Kirk,...
Laura Estes - Kindergarten Teacher
Tuesday 22 October 2019
: Today’s episode features former Shades Cahaba teacher Laure Estes. She started her career as a first-grade teacher but quickly switched to...
Herb Griffin - Class of 1948
Tuesday 15 October 2019
: I have probably known Herb Griffin for most of my life. We attend the same church and I am around the same age as his children. If you have...
Principal Sue Grogan and a visit to the 1940s
Tuesday 08 October 2019
: Sue Grogan was principal at Shades Cahaba from 2000 until her retirement in 2013. She is the first person I met when my oldest son started...
Bill Cleveland - Homewood City Schools Superintendent and Alumni
Tuesday 01 October 2019
: Dr. Bill Cleveland is the Superintendent of the Homewood City School system and he has been in this role since 2008. But more importantly,...
Don Harbor - Alumnus
Tuesday 24 September 2019
: On this episode of the Shades Cahaba Oral History Project, I interview with alumni Don Harbor who attended elementary school at Shades...
Alexa McElroy and the 1920s
Tuesday 17 September 2019
: On this episode we talk with current Shades Cahaba PTO President Alexa McElroy. We talk about what the PTO is currently doing at Shades...
Principal John Lowry - Episode 1
Friday 06 September 2019
: In this inaugural episode, we sit down with Shades Cahaba Elementary School Principal Dr. John Lowry. He lets us know what has been...